This weekend, two of my favorite TV shows celebrated milestones.
On Saturday, 11/23, The british sci-fi series Doctor Who celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special episode. I got into this show much, much later than everybody else: with it's renewal in 2005. But it's a brilliant bit of television, one that remember what sci-fi is. With so many people equating science fiction with "action movie, but in space", this show still managed to ask the questions that the medium was supposed to ask. Incredibly deep and nuanced, yet simple enough to pick up in an episode. A man, a box, and all of time and space.
On Sunday, 11/24, another show celebrates its 25th anniversary, although it's no longer running: Mystery Science Theater 3000. I didn't have cable growing up, so when I would visit friends that did, I'd spend time going through all the channels, just to see what's out there. And while most kids my age were watching MTV or Nickelodion, I thought the idea of an all comedy channel was brilliant. And, in the middle of the day, you'd catch them filling time with MST3k: a show where a man and two robots watched crap movies and joked at them the whole time. It was something we all did, but they had the chance to actually broadcast it. Bitingly smart and unrelenting, it was a product of perfect timing. While the show itself was cancelled after 10 season, the riffs live on through Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.
I swear, it looks better in person than in this picture.
By the way, as a team, 1370 WSPD broke the $100 mark yesterday after Jon Jilick contributed $25 to the team as a whole! Individually, Scott leads the team with $50, followed by me with $25, Hooper with $5, and Adam Ragle jumping on late with nada.
Next up, the awkwardness of Thanksgiving dinner with this bizarre mo.
If this isn't in the 2016 Summer Olympics, then I don't want to live in this world anymore.